AMATO, Kimiko "Kay" "Kimi" (Yamaguchi) In East Boston, June 11, 2020 in her 95th year. Beloved wife of the late Angelo A. Amato. Devoted mother of Joseph and his wife Josephine of East Boston, John and his wife Lorraine and Charles and his wife Ginny, all of Wilmington.
Kimiko was born in Osaka, Japan on March 15, 1926. She met her future husband in Japan in 1946 while he was serving in the US Army as part of the American Forces occupying Japan after World War II. Angelo returned home in 1948 and joined the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Engineering services. Missing the provisions of the War Brides Act passed by President Harry S. Truman, Angelo petitioned then Congressman John F. Kennedy to introduce a special bill on her behalf to allow her to enter the United States in 1949. Kimiko is believed to be one of the first few Japanese war brides to come to the U.S. to marry.
Kimiko is also survived by six grandchildren: Robert, Angelina, Michael, and Christina, all of Wilmington, Jason and Daniel of Quincy and two great-grandchildren: Lucy and Logan. She is also survived by her brother Kazumi Yamaguchi of Osaka, Japan and his children.
Funeral Services will take place under the provisions of COVID Phase II reopening on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. We encourage you to send messages of condolence to the family on our Tribute Page
Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Because of her love of animals, in lieu of flowers donations in Kimiko's memory to the MSPCA would be appreciated.
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